Battery "capacity restoration" is continuing with battery 4 completing its deep discharge yesterday. The remaining batteries will undergo the same procedure over the course of the next three to four weeks. Capacity restoration is a procedure conducted on each battery every six months to maximize the useful life of the batteries. Batteries 1 and 2 remain disconnected from the electrical bus.
Meanwhile, at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Zvezda is undergoing final testing and is basically ready for launch. While awaiting the recommendations of the investigation team on the recent Proton failure, Zvezda will undergo some repeat testing on equipment with the time available.
Station managers will travel to Moscow in late January for the next General Designers Review and Joint Program Review to assess the readiness of the module for flight. The meeting also will determine the most probable launch date based on the recommendations of the Proton rocket failure investigation team. Its report to the Russian Aviation and Space Agency is due later this month.
Zvezda, the Russian word for Star, will serve as the early living quarters for crews housed on the station when the Shuttle is not present. It also will provide life support functions, and command and control capability for the complex.
The International Space Station continues to operate in excellent shape as it orbits the Earth at an altitude of 245 by 236 statute miles. Since the launch of Zarya in November 1998, the ISS has completed more than 5,995 orbits. Space Station viewing opportunities worldwide are available on the Internet at:
The next International Space Station status report will be issued Thursday, December 16. For further information, please contact the NASA Public Affairs Office at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, 281-483-5111.
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